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Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series begins June 4

West Virginia University’s  Core Arboretum will bring local and regional nature experts to campus this summer in its annual Nature Connection Series.

The discussions will take place in June, July and August on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at the Core Arboretum amphitheater. The talks are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Some discussions will include walking and fieldwork.

2019 Schedule of Events

June 4
The hidden half: How roots drive tree growth
Eddie Brzostek, WVU, Assistant Professor of Biology

June 11
Dazzling darters: Ecology and conservation of West Virginia's endangered fish species
Brin Kessinger, WVU, Graduate Student

June 18
Get the lead out: Lead toxicity in scavenging raptors
Jesse Fallon, Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Veterinarian 

June 25
The truth about bats and bat research
Dan Feller, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Western Regional Ecologist

July 2
Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University, Associate Professor of Biology
Crazy crawdads and maddening mudbugs: Natural history and conservation of West Virginia's crayfish

July 9
Quinton Phelps, WVU, Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries
Big river fish ecology

July 16
Nicolas Zegre, WVU, Associate Professor of Forest Hydrology
West Virginia water security: Implications and opportunities of a changing climate

July 23
Katie Fallon, Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Author
Cerulean warbler: West Virginia's unofficial state bird 

July 30
Mike Powell, The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia, Director of Lands
Red spruce forests in West Virginia: Past, current and future status  

August 6
Jon Weems, WVU Core Arboretum, Retired Arboretum Specialist
Tall trees and tight money: The history of WVU Core Arboretum 

August 13
Jim Thompson, WVU, Professor of Soils and Land Use
Top 10 things everyone should know about soils and landscapes in West Virginia

August 20
Frank Jernejcic, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Retired Fisheries Biologist 
Monitoring, marking, and relocating timber rattlesnakes at Cooper's Rock and WVU State Forests  

August 27
Joan Beard, Retired Developmental Psychologist and Occupational Therapist
Wild edible and medicinal plants: Current research findings on efficacy 

The 2019 WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series is supported by the WVU Department of Biology, the WVU Core Arboretum Endowment, the Robert C. Cull Outreach Fellowship and donations from the public. All speakers are volunteers.